Body of missing Northwestern student found in Wilmette Harbor

The body of missing Northwestern student, Harsha Maddula, was found floating in Wilmette Harbor by a passing fisherman at approximately 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. The discovery was made after law enforcement agencies searched the harbor earlier in the week.

Maddula, 18, disappeared on Saturday, Sept.22,  after leaving an on-campus party at 12:30 a.m. His cell phone last pinged off of a cell tower near Wilmette Harbor at around 1.a.m., according to a spokesperson for Northwestern University.

Maddula’s family was shocked by the news of his disappearance. They described him as a bookworm who was not prone to parties or adventures.

“We really have no idea, no clue what could have happened to him,”  Srinu Maddula, his cousin, told ABC News earlier on Thursday, Sept. 27. “He’s just a good kid, he just likes to study. He really enjoys school and education and work.”

A cause of death is being investigated, but foul play is not suspected, a university spokesman told NBC. Maddula's wallet and cell phone were found on his body.

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